About Rochester High School

We are an NCA Accredited public high school, serving students in grades 9-12. We have a staff of approximately 120, including teachers, administrators, and support staff. Our student population runs around 1,700 students annually.

Our facility is located approximately one mile west of historic downtown Rochester and sits on 71 acres, which includes a football stadium, athletic fields for baseball, softball, and soccer, tennis courts, and an outdoor track.

  • For current information, driving directions, and a building map, course descriptions, and other important information, please access our Key Information page.
  • For contact information, please access the Staff Directory page.
  • For a view of what's happening at Rochester High School, read visit our Parent Newsletter page.
  • For our school fight song and alma mater, click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Historic Milestones of Rochester High School

The Academy on the Hill...

  • In 1889, Rochester's first high school, known as the "Academy on the Hill," was built on Fourth and Wilcox for $8,000. The first class graduated from Rochester High School in 1896.
  • Rochester High accreditation was granted in 1924.
  • In 1955, groundbreaking for a new building at our current location on the corner of Livernois and Walton took place and on October 31st, 1956, as students walked from the "Academy on the Hill" to the new Rochester High School.

Rochester High School...

  • The gymnasium was added in 1957.
  • The two-story wing was built in 1961.
  • The auditorium, the bridge (a.k.a. Falcon Freeway), and the swimming pool were added in 1965.
  • The school split to a half-day schedule to accommodate the growing student population while Adams High School was being built and completed in 1970.
  • In 1986, the mall enclosure, media center, cafeteria, and auxiliary gym were added.
  • In 1998, a courtyard was converted into four classrooms.
  • In 1999, the metal shop was converted into two classrooms.
  • A complete renovation of Rochester High took place in 2001, which included upgrades to the main office, counseling offices, weight room, pool, and gymnasium, additions of computer labs, a photography lab, theater and vocal area, additional science labs, new locker banks, an enhanced courtyard with a greenhouse, and a new auditorium and theater.